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Student exchange

Students can study at an international partner institution and credit the work they complete back to their Otago degree. Exchange offers the students a safe way to live and travel overseas while still contributing points to their Otago degree.

The Department encourages students to make use of the University’s international exchange agreements. The opportunity to get to know another university, and another culture, is an invaluable educational experience, especially for students of Politics.

But don't just take our word for it, read what recent Politics exchange students have to say:

Student testimonials

BA(Politics) student, University of California, Berkeley, S1, 2016

"Go on exchange. The opportunity to go travel, attend amazing classes, make lifelong friends, and make a home in a place so different to New Zealand, is honestly too good to pass up. If it’s possible for you, make it a priority. Wherever you go you’ll have a great time, but I have a strong bias toward California and Berkeley in particular. It’s a magical place."

BA(Politics, French) student, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, S1, 2016

"My exchange was the best six months of my life. I would highly recommend going on an exchange anywhere, but particularly Paris if you’re wanting a French experience!"

BA(Politics) student, University of California, Santa Barbara, S1, 2016

"I cannot overstate the incredible opportunities that await if you choose to study in the beautiful town of Isla Vista, a student-dominated beach town (think North Dunedin on steroids) just a short drive up the coast from LA. UCSB and Isla Vista itself is the perfect setting in which to complete an exchange, as there is a mix of perfect weather, proximity to endless adventure activities, a beachy relaxed vibe and a reputation as one of the best party towns in the US!"

BA(Politics, French) student, Jean Moulin – Lyon III, S1, 2016

"My semester aboard was more amazing than I could ever have imagined and I will treasure the memories and friends that I made in Lyon for a lifetime. I could not recommend Lyon more as an exchange destination. Lyon itself is in a perfect location in Europe, making it easy and cheap to be in so many amazing cities within a matter of hours: London, Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Geneva and Paris (to name a few). The city itself is very beautiful, has an incredibly interesting history and there is always something to do and see!"

Where can I go?

The University of Otago has exchange agreements with over 90 institutions worldwide. Find out more by visiting the Otago Global Student Exchange website.


All exchanges require that students:

  • be currently enrolled in a degree programme at the University of Otago
  • have achieved a "B" average academic grade (overall)
  • have successfully completed at least one semester of full-time study at the time of application

Students are not permitted to undertake study abroad during their final semester, and will only be allowed to take one 300-level paper from their major subject requirements on exchange.

Please read the full Humanities Division guidelines.

Further information

Please contact the Department's exchange advisor if you have any further questions:
Professor William Harris

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